Volunteering is fun, big time.

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do.

Play sports together. Go on a hike. Read books. Eat a pizza with extra anchovies. Or just give some advice and inspiration. Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you’ll enjoy it even more with your Little—and you’ll be making a life-changing impact.

Volunteering just a few hours a month with a child can start something amazing. So why not apply to be a Big today. There are kids out there ready to get started. Are you?

There are 21,000 boys ready and waiting to be matched with Big Brothers across the country right now … that’s double the number of girls waiting for a Big Sister. You can also make a donation to help fund the careful one-to-one matching and ongoing professional mentoring support unique to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Your gift will help match a child facing adversity with an adult mentor. The gift you make today will lead to successful outcomes for that child and his or her community.

Whether you get involved as a volunteer or as a donor, we welcome and thank you for your support!

How To Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in becoming a mentor! To volunteer:

  1. Download the Volunteer Application
  2. Fill out the application.
  3. Email your completed application to casemanager@bbbsoflwm.org
    or mail your application to:
    Big Brothers Big Sisters
    P.O. Box 194
    Niles, MI 49120

You will be required to:

  • Provide four references
  • Participate in an in-person interview
  • Have a background check performed

We’re here to help.

Have a question? Don’t worry, our friendly case managers will be happy to guide you through the application process. Then when it’s time, we’ll match you with a Little in your area who shares your interests – and support you all the way. We’ll even give you some great ideas for activities that other Bigs and Littles have enjoyed through the years! You’ve been thinking about getting involved. Now you know how easy it is and how much your help is needed. Why not apply to be a Big today? Phone: (269) 684-1100 Fax: (269) 684-1490 Toll Free: (877) 367-2244 Email: casemanager@bbbsoflwm.org

Just a few hours a month can change a young person’s life.

Little Brothers and Little Sisters come from all kinds of backgrounds. Some may live on your block and some a few miles away. What do they all have in common?  They need the friendship and guidance of someone like YOU.

In many ways, children face problems today that many of us never dealt with when we were kids. Yet even tough situations are easier when children have a Big Brother or Big Sister to look out for them.

  • A Big is a trusted friend, caring mentor and life-changing role model.
  • Bigs listen without judging.
  • Bigs encourage discovery of interests and talents.
  • Ultimately, a big will help their Little grow into a confident, capable, contributing adult.
Big and Little Playing Foosball

Site-based mentoring (Lunch Buddy)

Lunch Buddy Bigs and Littles meet once a week in their schools (or the Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor) to talk and have fun. It’s not about being a tutor… it’s about being a friend.

There are plenty of fun activities at school:

  • Games
  • Reading
  • Recess
  • Songs
  • Chatting a while
  • Sharing a meal

Community-based mentoring

You meet with your little on your own schedule. It’s easy, too. Your Little can join you for the kinds of activities you already like to do, such as:

  • Shooting hoops
  • Playing a board game
  • Making cookies
  • Sharing a pizza
  • Taking a walk in the park
  • Just hanging out and talking

Want to Donate?

You can also get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a donor. The gift you make today will help us match a child facing adversity with an adult role model. Your gift will allow us to change the life of a child for the better, forever.

When you donate online to Big Brothers Big Sisters, you join our cause and directly support children in your community. No matter how little or big the amount, donating can start making a difference in the lives of young people around you.

Make a Donation

BBBS thanks our sponsors for their support:

  • Honor Credit Union
  • McLaughlin Family Foundation

BBBS is funded in part with grants from the following:

BBBS Run for Kids Sake Sponsors:

  • Pink Frog Designs